What They’re Saying: Mary loves SC, hates OSU

THERE WAS NO shortage of quips and quotes from scribes far and wide after Oregon State's forgettable evening in LA. The best one perhaps was about Oregon State needing a witch doctor, or perhaps an exorcist.

Maybe Oregon State needs to enlist a witch doctor to help end a losing streak (in LA to USC) that has grown to ridiculous proportions. Or an exorcist.
Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune

Folks will remember the Hail Mary at the end of the first half, the kind of play that demoralizes a defense and provides a symbolic, easy-to-remember highlight — scratch that, lowlight — of the latest chapter in Oregon State's Curse of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Gina Mizell, Oregonian

The Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half turned the game around. Maybe it also turned around USC's season.
Steve Bisheff, ESPN.com

For the second straight season, Kessler stared down one of the nation's premiere quarterbacks in Oregon State's Sean Mannion, and he outplayed him in USC's 35-10 win.
Rahshaun Haylock, FOX Sports West

No wide receiver could complement Mullaney on Saturday. While running backs Storm Woods and Terron Ward totaled 23 receiving yards, Jarmon was the Beavers' No. 2 wideout with one catch for six yards.
Connor Letourneau, Oregonian

The Beavers actually took a 10-7 lead on a Trevor Romaine field goal, but it was all downhill from that point...OSU never showed up for the second half.
Steve Gress, Corvallis Gazette-Times

The Trojans got some help from Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion, who tried to force throws and looked generally out of sorts against the athletic USC secondary.
Martin Rickman, Sports Illustrated

The Beavers' offensive failures, however, ensured that at least one more President will be added to the roster of Commanders in Chief during a run of futility that goes back to 1960.
Dan Greenspan, Associated Press

USC band plays at halftime...That — and a Hail Mary is about all that’s going on here.
John Canzano, Oregonian

USC, gashed for 452 yards rushing in a loss to Boston College in their last outing, held Oregon State to just 58 yards on the ground and Kessler, who has yet to throw an interception this season, completed 24-of-32 passes for 261 yards.
Reuters

Oregon State's defense seemed prepared. D-end Obum Gwach, 6-5 and 235, was inserted as a safety valve at the goal line, prepared to knock down any pass…Riley said he needs to look at game video to get a better handle on what happened with OSU's coverage.
Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune

USC rushed for 200 yards in 48 carries against Oregon State... Quarterback Cody Kessler completed passes to nine players against Oregon State.
Lindsey Thiry, LA Times

Oregon State may not be a Pac-12 title contender but that didn't keep people like me from picking the Beavers to upset the Trojans this weekend. At the very least, most were taking Mike Riley's bunch to cover the 9.5-point spread.
Braden Gall, Athlon Sports

The Trojans faced a physical Oregon State front, but the second-half adjustments allowed USC to overcome a first half filled with weird false start penalties and somewhat questionable play calling.
Evan Budrovich, Conquest Chronicles

Since OSU's 31-14 loss to USC last November, Mannion has recorded 13 interceptions to five touchdowns in Pac-12 play.
Connor Letourneau, Oregonian

OSU's Ryan Murphy returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, blending speed and power on the way to the end zone.
Gina Mizell, Oregonian

For two-plus years, Ryan Murphy lobbied Oregon State coaches to let him return kickoffs...Murphy earned his shot Saturday night at No. 18 USC...He didn't disappoint.
Connor Letourneau, Oregonian

Oregon State's defense and special teams did its part to break a 23-game losing streak at the Coliseum that dates to the Eisenhower administration.
Dan Greenspan, Associated Press

Mannion was already looking ahead to the Saturday, Oct. 4 game at Colorado (1 p.m. PT kickoff, Pac-12 Networks).
Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune


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